How-To Geek Reads Your Text Messages Aloud, a free application for Android and BlackBerry phones, reads your text messages, emails, and caller ID notifications aloud so you can stay connected while keeping your eyes on the road. is a feature packed application that reads your text messages, your emails, and the ID from your caller ID aloud. It’s not the only SMS-to-speech application out there but it sports the most featured including rocking a customizable auto-responder (so you can let people know you heard their message and will respond as soon as you’re off the road), the ability to customize the voice and the read-rate, how much information if given (the senders name or just the message or the senders name, subject, and message in the case of emails), and more.

Upgrading to the $13.95 a year premium version allows voice-to-txt translation so you can respond verbally to your text messages and emails. Hit up the link below to read more and grab a copy for your Android or BlackBerry phone. [via Addictive Tips]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/28/11

Comments (12)

  1. Hatryst

    Drive safely. Do not read/write/listen to texts while driving :)

  2. vistual

    absolutely could not be better said Hatryst. thank you.

  3. M. Collier

    Anything you do while driving, other than driving, is a distraction should be avoided. Not only for your own safety but for the safety the the other innocents on the road!

  4. Drecked

    I’m afraid that most those people with mobile phones are like lemmings
    they can not be told about the risks it’s a amazing phenomena, except
    when they happen to be driving behind you ! Maybe we should say just
    keep on texting while you drive We will bury you ! cut to the chase Oui?

  5. morris

    I got the drive safely app on my blackberry. Love it

  6. No2

    this company has a release procedure flaw… new release comes out every few days and that is bothering!.. can’t they keep all small little fixes into a big release/patch?

    btw.i’m using blackberry…

  7. Michelle

    I use everyday on my Blackberry. Absolutely love it : )

  8. Lucky

    My T-Mobile HTC HD2 has this feature built in with no additional fee. I guess it’s a Windows Mobile thing.

  9. Stephanie

    how do you get rid of the notifications?

  10. Lisa

    How do you reply to text messages?

  11. iZigg 90210

    You’ve got great insights about text message, keep up the good work!

  12. alicia


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